The University of Washington School of Public Health has partnered with the UW’s School of Medicine and School of Dentistry to offer a free, six-week summer enrichment program to prepare underrepresented and minority students for careers in the health sciences. The Summer Health Profession Education Program (SHPEP) is committed to increasing the diversity of the pool of health professionals, thus improving access to quality health care.
Eighty students from across Washington state and around the U.S. take classes in basic foundational sciences and statistics as well as a course on population health. The SHPEP curriculum is designed to build on the students’ knowledge of the social determinants of health and health disparities through the lens of social justice. SHPEP is funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Close Up is a look at the people of the University of Washington School of Public Health and the impact they are making. Read more in depth interviews with faculty and students at sph.washington.edu/news/closeup/ .